Trap Door Theatre Presents:



Written by David Hirson

Directed by Kay Martinovich

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March 19 – May 2nd, 2015

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm

$20 on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; $25 on Saturdays

Special 2-for-1 Admission on Fridays


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Cox’s endearing and fearless performance cements my long-held opinion of him as one of the secret weapons of the storefront theater scene. 3 Stars! – The Chicago Tribune


It is a brilliant script treated brilliantly, which makes it one of the best currently running shows in town. Recommended! – NewcityStage


Cox has become one of my favorite actors, and he’s brilliant here…Long before he reached the end, my eyes watered from a mixture of laughter and agony. Highly Recommended! - Chicago Critic


FeaturingMarzena Bukowska, Casey Chapman, Kevin Cox, Jesse Dornan, Skye Fort, Bill Gordon, Kelly Jean, Meghan Lewis, Mike Mazzocca & Ann Sonneville


La Bête is a rollicking play, written in rhyming couplets, and inspired by the life of the French comic master, Molière. In the play, Elomire (an anagram for Molière) is the leader of an acting troupe, which according to their patron the Princess has gone stale and listless. She decrees that they must now hire a new company member, the bombastic, vulgar street performer Valere. A standoff between Elomire and Valere ensues and their lively debate is both funny and dramatic, hilarious and tragic.

David Hirson (Playwright) is an American playwright born into a show business family. He attended Yale and Oxford and his two well known-plays (La Bête and Wrong Mountain) deal with the issues surrounding the “creative process,” culture, and art vs. entertainment. La Bête, his first play, was produced on Broadway in 1991 where it infamously closed after only 25 shows despite the John Gassner Playwriting Award of the Outer Critics Circle for its author. The next year, it was produced at London’s West End garnering both critical and commercial success and winning the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. The play got its second chance on Broadway in 2010 with great success, which was repeated at London’s West End. Hirson’s plays have received nominations for multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards.

Kay Martinovich (Director) works as a freelance director based in Chicago. Most recently she directed Down Range by Jeffrey Skinner at Genesis Productions and A Skull in Connemara By Martin McDonagh at Northern Illinois University, where she is an Assistant Professor in Acting. Last year she directed Winsor McCay by Laura Marks (TEN Festival) at The Gift Theater and Anything of Value by Brett Neveu (RIPPED Festival) at American Blues. As Associate Artistic Director of Irish Repertory of Chicago (1999-2006), she directed the American premieres of Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats… and Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game, among others. She is a proud member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).

Stage Manager Allison Goetzman / Set Designer Carolyn Voss / Lighting Designer Richard Norwood / Costume Designer Rachel Sypniewski / Sound Designer Steve Labedz / Movement Kendra Holton/ Dramaturg Milan Pribisic / Graphic Designer Michal Janicki /


To help celebrate Trap Door Theatre’s 21st Anniversary, Jane’s Restaurant is offering a complimentary glass of wine with purchase of your entree! Just show your ticket to your server and enjoy! Jane’s is located in the front of the Trap Door building at 1655 W. Cortland Ave.

 Janes is now offering a special menu to our patrons for only $30! Click here for more info!

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TRAP DOOR THEATRE presents the Chicago premiere of


Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig

Translated by David Tushingham

Directed by Elly Green

Cast: Kirk Anderson, Shawna Franks, Adam Marcantoni, Loretta Rezos & Leslie Ruettiger

“You swore that you’d love me forever”

Frank doesn’t recognize his teenage sweetheart, Romy, when she turns up at his door 24 years later. She’s come to remind him of a promise he made. Meanwhile, Frank’s son is making a similar promise to his teenage girlfriend. When an accident forces Frank to take Romy into his home, the cracks in Frank’s marriage begin to widen and events take a startling turn. Playing with time and perception, Schimmelpfennig’s The Woman Before is a tense, darkly humorous study of obsession, desire and the enduring power of first love.

Previews: Tuesday, May 12 & Wednesday, May 13 2015 at 8:00PM; $5 donation

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - Saturday, June 13, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7pm

$20 on Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays; $25 on Saturdays

Special 2-for-1 Admission on Fridays

$25 on Sunday, May 31st for talkback with director Elly Green with wine and cheese reception to follow!


Help Us Get a Heater For Our Theatre!

We at Trap Door are desperately seeking funds to replace our 20 year old heating system.

We’d like to keep our patrons warm while we continue to bring you some of the hottest theatre in town!

We need to raise $5,000 to get a new heating and A/C system. All donations are tax deductible. If you are able to support us in this very important request please send a check to:

Trap Door Theatre 1655 West Cortland Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 773-384-0494

Or make a donation online by following this link.

Every bit helps us stay warm during the brutal Chicago winter.

Thank you!

Trap Door Theatre


Can’t make it to the show but want to support the theatre anyway? Leave your legacy behind! With your donation of $100, your name will be engraved on the seat of your choice at the Trap Door Theatre and reserved for you when you attend a show!

Donations can be mailed to:

Trap Door Theatre

1655 West Cortland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622



 Time Out Chicago

Recognizes Trap Door as one of the best storefront theatres in the city!

 Trap Door Productions presents its first

Congratulations to Trap Door’s Nicole Wiesner for her recent Jeff Award for Best Actress in First Ladies!

Congrats to Nicole Wiesner for bringing home the Jeff Award!

Time Out Chicago recognizes Trap Door as one of the best storefront theatres in the city!

Congratulations to Trap Door's Nicole Wiesner for her recent Jeff Award for Best Actress in First Ladies!

Trap Door Theatre welcomes new company member Casey Chapman!

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